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Lab Rats was one of the very first video podcasts on the Internet, launched in October 2005 by technology journalists Sean Carruthers and Andy Walker ). Originally launched as an offshoot of the work Sean and Andy were doing for G4TechTV Canada's Call For Help , Lab Rats has always been designed to harness the power and possibilities available on the Net. That meant not worrying about having to fit a ton of content into the tiny window between TV commercial breaks; instead, the content was given the room it needed to breathe...and to help it to be clear and understandable. Initially Andy and Sean figured it couldn't be that hard to make TV for the web. They were wrong. It was really hard, but after a month or so of messing about, they managed to shoot a pilot episode. There were shadows, bad audio and a bad couch. So they begged Call For Help's associate producer Matt Harris for some assistance. Harris said he'd help ONLY if he didn't have to miss watching the Bruins. The first episode was shot between periods of a Bruins game (they lost), but Lab Rats was summarily born. Shortly thereafter, Sony Canada kindly chipped in a couple of loaner cameras, and Andy's pal Geo Perdis offered lighting help and gear. Things started to look a lot better...and then the deluge happened. People liked the show and downloaded it furiously....in fact, it became one of the most popular tech podcasts on the Net. And so Lab Rats kept coming, once a week nearly every week, since that fateful day in late 2005. Along the way Lab Rats moved from the couch to the living room, and from Andy's apartment to his condo. Andy's cats Biff and Boo wouldn't stay off the set, so they were made an official part of the show. Sean moved to Vancouver to work on The Lab With Leo Laporte, and some episodes were shot there. Then he moved back to Toronto. Midway through 2008, Lab Rats was acquired by Tucows as the flagship show for the fledgling butterscotch.com division. Not only did the Rats get to shoot in a studio for the first time, but they brought Matt Harris onboard full-time as a producer and editor, bringing everything full circle. Later, associate producer Paul Stachniak was added to the team, taking over as producer when workaholic Matt took on production of too many other butterscotch shows. Nearly 150 episodes of Lab Rats were produced during the butterscotch years. Late in 2011, following the closing of the butterscotch studio, Lab Rats went on a short hiatus for regrouping and retooling. And now, in 2012, they're back with more of the tech content you've come to love!

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In episode 47, Andy and Sean show you how to upgrade your video adapter so you can supercharge your system's graphics.
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In episode 49, Andy and Sean discuss Intel's new family of microprocessors.
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In episode 48, Andy and Sean show how the global positioning system helps you navigate using a melon and tomatoes.
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In episode 55, Andy and Sean take a look at Ubuntu, a popular version of the Linux operating system.
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Apple has some new tricks up its sleeve in the form of a new mobile operating system update and an update to the iPhone 4. Are they worth your time and hard earned money? Andy and Sean investigate.
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In episode 73, Andy and Sean take a look at backup technologies in Vista and on the Mac.
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Andy and Sean take a look at what you should do if you want to create your very own web page, including getting a domain name, securing hosting, and designing the page itself.
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In episode 6 (14:41), we demystify the set-up of a home network and discuss DSL and cable Internet connections. Plus Biff takes a header off the set in a rather humorous outtake.
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Andy decides that paying good money for Ethernet cables is a bad idea when you can make your own for much less money, and shows Sean (and you!) how to do it yourself.
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2010 has been a busy year, full of gadgets, software, viral events and intrigue. In this capper to the 2010 Lab Rats season, Sean and Andy hand out awards for Smartphone of the Year, App of the Year, Device of the Year, Viral Event of the Year, and Web Gaffe of the Year.
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In episode 52, Andy and Sean show you extreme router secrets that improve the quality of Skype phone calls.
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In episode 100, Andy and Sean celebrate their 100th episode, and Sean stops Andy from taking off his pants again.
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We're all on the move these days but sometimes we need more computing power than we find in our smartphones. Andy and Sean take a look at three of the most recent compact computing devices, the netbook, the tablet and the new Macbook Air...which one will reign supreme for which users?
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In episode 113, Andy and Sean respond to viewer questions about podcast production, external hard drives and frost-bite in a can.
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In episode 46, Andy and Sean interview more of the who's who of podcasting at the Podcast Expo, including Calli Lewis of GeekBrief.tv, Matt Harris of G4techtv's Torrent and more! Andy also makes a bit of a splash.
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Andy and Sean take a look at Google Analytics, show how to integrate it into your web site, and explain why you need it.
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In episode 28, Andy and Sean show you how to wipe the hard drive clean and install a fresh copy of Windows.
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Sean and Andy take an old videotape and convert it to a brand spanking new digital video file using the miracle of technology!
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In episode 4 (14:54 mins), we show you how to use the hidden "msconfig" program in Windows XP to cut your Windows boot time in half. Plus also use it to remove unwanted programs including spyware from the registry. Biff makes an appearance and messes with the audio. And winter is here in Toronto, so we pull out the tuques.
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In episode 61, Andy and Sean show you how to tighten security on Windows XP and Vista PCs.
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In episode 38, Andy and Sean show you how to fix weird blue screens by updating your BIOS.
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In episode 36, Andy and Sean dig into the system BIOS to show you what the heck it does.
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In episode 50, Andy and Sean demystify pro-am digital cameras.
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Andy and Sean talk about etiquette tips for using your technology in the modern age, including tips for email, mobile, and social networking.​
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In episode 17, the Lab Rats take a look at high-definition television and demystify all its strange specifications with TV guru John Kelly of Hewlett Packard.
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Andy and Sean release their short 4:33 min test show. Includes intro of hosts, show info and Biff and Boo.
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Andy and Sean take a look at the updated version of Parallels Desktop, which allows you to run Windows 7 on your Mac, talk about the differences between it and Boot Camp, and show off some of the display modes in Parallels.
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In episode 45, Andy and Sean attend the Podcast Expo and interview the who's who of podcasting including former Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble and RocktBoom's Andrew Baron.
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In episode 34, Andy and Sean show you how to upgrade your notebook in 7 minutes!
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Andy and Sean show you how to keep the bad guys and broadband bandits off your wireless network by enabling security features on your router. Includes show and tell on WEP and WPA secuirty technology. Biff the cat makes an appearance. Sean reveals hair gel secrets. And Andy shows off his inner wienerness.
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In episode 42, Andy and Sean offer tips for roaming overseas with your cellular phone.
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In episode 18, the Lab Rats take you to the HP Digital Living Room where they look at the pros and cons for LCD, plasma and projection TVs.
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In episode 35, Andy and Sean teach the basics of the Windows registry and show you how to clean it up!
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In episode 39, Andy and Sean look at hot new audio and video gadgets from Creative.
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In episode 33, Andy and Sean look at the Slingbox and other living room multimedia technologies.
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It's that time of the year again! Sean and Andy show off some of their favourite gift suggestions for the season, including an e-book reader, a turbocharged clock radio, a 3D camera, and a jacket that holds all your gadgets...and much more!
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Andy and Sean answer more questions from butterscotch.com's Ask site. Topics covered range from Bluetooth pairing to video codecs. Hilarity, as it often does with the Lab Rats, ensues.
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Sean and Andy revisit the world of RAID (also known as Redundant Array of Independent Disks), explain what it is, and talk about the differences between the major consumer-friendly versions of RAID. It's not as complicated as it used to be.
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In episode 29, Andy and Sean take a look at
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In episode 41, Andy and Sean look at first generation players that play Blu ray and HD DVD discs.
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In episode 105, Andy and Sean wrap up their coverage of CES in Las Vegas. Iincludes interviews with Linksys, Green Plug, Microsoft (check out Andy’s naughty Zune interview!), Samsung, and LG. And product previews from Crucial, Art Lebedev Studios, WowWee, Yujin, Roboware, Hagisonic, Hanulkid, iRobot, Kyodo America, Meccano, and Robotis.
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Andy and Sean take a look at what's involved in rooting the Android smartphone - a process of gaining admin access to the back end of the phone, which allows greater access for modifying the phone's operating system and carrier - talk about the pros and cons of doing so,  and show you one easy way to root your phone.
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In episode 44, Andy and Sean discuss buying a broadband connection.
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The Lab Rats have promised to show you how to build your own PC for quite some time, and now they're delivering the goods. In this first part, Sean and Andy gather together all the parts they need to build their own computer from the ground up!
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In episode 31, Andy and Sean check in with Dee Long on how use technology to write songs.
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In episode 19, the Lab Rats go on location to get a insider look at new Panasonic gadgets including a high-tech massage chair, a stove that boils water in 45 seconds and a new exercise gadget that looks like a mechanical bull for the home.
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What do cupcakes and dryer vent tubing have to do with Virtual Private Networking? Andy and Sean explain all in this episode of Lab Rats, and show not only how VPN can keep you safe online, but can also give you access to things on the web that may normally be blocked in your country.
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In episode 15, the Lab Rats grab a bag of marshmallows and fire up their blow torch and show you how optical discs work. Includes coverage of CDs, DVDs and blu-ray and HD DVD.
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In episode 40, Andy and Sean take a look at what audio and video codecs do, and show you how to troubleshoot your codec headaches.
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In episode 43, Andy and Sean show you how more power in your system solves ornery problems.
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In episode 13, we explain the anatomy of a motherboard. Includes a brief overview of components, such as RAM, processors, graphics cards and more!
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Andy and Sean travel to Panasonic Canada's headquarters to get a sneak peek at its forthcoming 3D video camera, and talk with Panasonic's Kevin McKay about what's involved in shooting 3D footage.
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Andy and Sean explain how touch-screen technology works, using Nutella, marshmallow spread, cranberry juice and bananas.
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Andy and Sean take a look at the new HTML 5 specification, explain what it means and explore what some of the new features are. The future of Adobe Flash is also discussed...is HTML a mortal threat to the rule of Flash on the web?
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Andy and Sean chat with Brian Lang of Panasonic Canada about what you need to bring the world of 3D television to your very own living room.
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The smartphone wars just heated up with the release of Blackberry's new Torch, but can it hold a candle to Apple's popular iPhone? Andy and Sean take a look at these two next-gen smartphones in a face-off, and compare their strengths and weaknesses.
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Andy and Sean take a look at the external version of SATA, better known as eSATA, compare it to USB 3 and Firewire, and show off some eSATA-capable gadgets.
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If you're looking for new apps for your iPhone or iPad, check out this episode: Andy and Sean show off some of their favourites, including a pulse-taking app, a great iPad game involving bubbles, a drink tracker, an old-school synth...and much more!
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In episode 32, Andy and Sean debate where you should design your own or buy a pre-built computer.
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Andy and Sean are joined by their good friend Amber Mac, who passes along her top tips for building a social media presence online and building your brand, whether corporate or personal.
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Andy and Sean explain the difference between the different types of 3G and 4G data networks, with the help of a bunch of melons.
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Sony has stepped into the Android tablet game with the recently announced Tablet S. Andy and Sean got their hands on one and give you a guided tour also some pretty compelling arguments as to why this might be your next tablet.
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In episode 30, Andy and Sean talk about what to look for when shopping for a Mac.
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In episode 59, Andy and Sean take a tour of Windows Vista, the newly released operating system from Microsoft.
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Sean and Andy head out onto the show floor at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in search of robots to do our bidding...with the help of Andrew Moore-Crispin and Kate Abraham, we find more cleaning robots , robots that will make things for us, robots that will roll around on the floor, and robots that will tell us what's going on in the world.
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In this second part of the Building a PC series, Sean and Andy take the parts they selected in episode 243 and put them all together to create a brand-spanking-new home-built computer.
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In episode 27, Andy and Sean show you how to groom the inside of your PC to optimize airflow.
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It's been nearly a year since long-term Windows diehard Andy Walker made the leap into the world of Mac - but how is he feeling about it a year later? What have the advantages been...and what does he still not like about the world of Mac?
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In episode 24, Andy and Sean give you the scoop on voice over IP using gadgets and a few flying eggs.
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Andy and Sean show off a few of their favourite iPad tips that go above and beyond the basics, including how to add external USB devices, how to add a photo to your library and set it as your wallpaper, and how to access characters from other languages using the soft keyboard.
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In episode 37, Sean goes on location to the Apple Developers Conference, while Andy stays at home and moves house.
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Sean and Andy take a look at Apple's new version of Mac OS X, known as "Snow Leopard", and talk about what's new...and what's not so new.
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Andy and Sean take a look at how BitTorrent works, using raw eggs and protective gear, and explain some of the legalities of using it for downloading content.
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In episode 12, we wrap up our coverage of Macworld and the Consumer Electronics Show, including a look at Windows Vista,the HD DVD vs Blu Ray debate and electric fabric.
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Since the iPhone's introduction in 2007, the mobile phone has moved away from the physical keyboard and into the realm of touch. Andy and Sean break down how this technology works and what kind of alternatives are available to you.
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